Friday, March 18, 2016

Kickin' It Grandma Style

The Granny Alphabet by Lawrence Mynott


The Granny Alphabet by Tim Walker and Kit Hesketh-Harvey

PLUS A GIVEAWAY!!


HEY! You are all so wonderful! I just LOVED reading your comments about your first fashion memories. If you haven't had a chance to read them yet you really should go to my last blog post and check them out. Interestingly most of them had to do with either denim or hand-me-downs.
The beautiful Rosemary of Miss Cellany talked on her blog about her adorable Smocked Dress and how this style has followed her throughout  her life.
And of course there is Curtise's famous Chicken Dress!!


So....let us now flip to the other end of the calendar of life.

I am not a Grandma. But at 62 I am certainly old enough to be one. I get the senior citizen discount at the pharmacy and the movie theatre. I buy purple shampoo. And cute young guys approach me not to flirt but to help me carry heavy packages. 
But I don't mind...much.
Maybe because I was fortunate enough to know my grandmothers and they were both pretty great, I have always adored good old fashioned Granny Style. I've kind of been dressing like a grandma ever since I was a teenager.
*my friends and family are all rolling their eyes and nodding their heads YES right now*
 I love orthopedic shoes with socks. I love flowered rayon dresses. I love pilled cardigan sweaters with wadded up Kleenex in the pockets. I love purses stuffed with almost-used-up tubes of  lipstick, tins of mints, torn ticket stubs and battered pet photos. I like chipped nail polish and too much rouge and bobby pins and reading glasses on chains.
And NOW I'm finally old enough to rock this style Authentically.

flowered rayon dress I've owned since the 1980's
gray cashmere sweater ~  also mine since the 1980's
piles of bead bracelets from various decades
brand new! ankle socks
super comfy orthopedic sandals ~ Naturalizer
tea cup and saucer ~ a gift from my Grandma Worthington
grey hair ~ Mother Nature



And now the GIVEAWAY part.



THE GRANNY ALPHABET is the most adorable two part book.
It is one of my very favorite picture books and I want to share it with you.
One book is full of photographs of Grannies by the Amazing Tim Walker.
The other book is full of charming Grandma drawings by the equally Amazing Lawrence Mynott.
 My one and only criticism is that it is lacking in diversity. But Tim Walker has said that this book was an homage to "the little old ladies who live down the lane" and I honestly believe that just about everybody will recognize a favorite Nana in these books.
Here's a teeny weeny sample:









#hot harridan reading ~ Thanks for that, Melanie :-)

So.... if you would like to have these books for your very own let me know in the Comments section and in mid-April I will pick one name out of my old straw granny hat.
Good Luck, Kids!!!!

I'll be kickin' it at Patti's Visible Monday. Meet me there.


84 comments:

  1. Hi, Connie, I absolutely love this post and images! You have made my day!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. You have made MY day on so many occasions.

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  2. Ah, that's so cute! I like lots of Granny style too! Yours is brilliant!!! What a cool dress!
    Ooh, I'd love to be considered for your giveaway!! Such a cool book! xx

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  3. Oh my goodness...what delightful books! Miss Lemon Curd is too sweet...I think I'm mere steps away from being Miss Marmalade.

    I remember when I first 'met' Elaine from Seinfeld. I totally loved her style and seeing you makes me think of the similarities. :)

    This has nothing to do with anything, but I'm curious. Your fabulous shutters are called California shutters here in Vancouver. Is that what you call them or are they just called shutters, LOL?

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    1. That is so funny because I call this my Elaine dress. Here in California we just call them shutters. So...do you call Canadian bacon just Bacon???

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  4. Love this Connie! Granny style rocks.Hot haridan! Fab.xxx

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  5. My style is heading this way already (glasses on chain and an overstuffed handbag, I'm fighting the grey hair for a bit longer!)
    Your granny style is fab Connie and the pictures in your book certainly evoke memories of my Nan....lemon curd and candlewick bedspreads, that'll do it every time.

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  6. You're the coolest non-Granny ever!
    What a great book, Lemon Curd lady looked so much like my Grandma except she never owned a pair of trousers her entire 96 years. xxx

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    1. Here's wishing you a long life full of style just like your Gran.

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  7. I would totally wear that sailor suit in the second photo!
    The books are charming!
    You can rock any style Connie but you are far far far from granny-ish :-)

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    1. I would LOVE to see you in that sailor outfit!

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  8. I have been keeping used kleenex and stuffing them in my arm sleeves since I was probably 10. That is weird right? I blame my Mom and I'm sure she blames her Mom.

    I agree with Sue, this is Elaine's style without the brogues.

    Of course I love the book, especially that it features a pug! LOL

    Also I love lemon curd and that Granny is too sweet!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. When we were little kids, whenever we wanted to play Mom, we always stuffed a Kleenex in our sleeve. It's required.

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    2. I STILL stuff my hanky up my sleeve- in fact I have one up there now!!! Cannot do without one! Hope you are having a lovely weekend!x

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  9. You are looking great Connie. The book seems a nice homage to Grandmothers. Kudos to them!

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    1. Grandmas deserve lots of love and attention.

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  10. Haha! Look at you rocking the very life out of granny chic. What a swelligant elegant lady you are! You never know when you might need a tissue, so up the sleeve of cardies is the best place for them. Mind you when I was about eight I wanted boobs, so I used to stuff a couple of bits down my vest. Talk about being careful what you wish for. How was I to know? Those ladies are the best. My grandmother dressed up and over-rouged 'til she day she died. I think she had a fancy for the gardener. That fireplace is tres chic aussi! Xxx

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    1. The Gardener, eh? I think gardeners and pool guys have very active, um, social lives.

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  11. I love your granny getup (you know how dearly I love a good cardigan). I identify with Granny Lemon Curd, right down to the chenille bedspread. I'd love to be considered for the drawing.

    I'm not a granny either, but one day when I was expecting (twelve years ago), I met another woman my same age buying baby clothes for her first grandchild. We both found that amusing-so in theory I *could* be a granny.

    My granny kept her hankie tucked up the wrist of her sleeve. I think I'll start keeping mine between my bosom-I rather like the idea of fishing around in my top looking for tissues.

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  12. I love your granny getup (you know how dearly I love a good cardigan). I identify with Granny Lemon Curd, right down to the chenille bedspread. I'd love to be considered for the drawing.

    I'm not a granny either, but one day when I was expecting (twelve years ago), I met another woman my same age buying baby clothes for her first grandchild. We both found that amusing-so in theory I *could* be a granny.

    My granny kept her hankie tucked up the wrist of her sleeve. I think I'll start keeping mine between my bosom-I rather like the idea of fishing around in my top looking for tissues.

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    1. Fishing in your top "one ringy dingy". When my son was two I ran into a girlfriend from high school. I had a two year old child, she had a two year old Grandchild!!

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  13. What a truly fantastic looking book. This is going straight to the top of my Amazon wishlist. Thank you very much for the awesome review and introduction, dear Connie. Your blog is a perpetual delight!

    Big hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Jessica, honey, this is a GIveaway. Don't buy the book. You might win!

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  14. Connie, I always look forward to your post. You are one of my favorite bloggers. Your humor is unmatched. Thank you for starting my week on such a happy note. I was in Anthro this weekend and spotted a woman who looked to be about 60ish. She had jaw-dropping fashion sense. I swooned.

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    1. Well thank you, Glenda. You are one of my favorites as well. Anthro is truly THE place to be!

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  15. You look adorable in your ensemble, Connie. And it's vintage (except for the sox). I had to make mine, but it still has the same look. You know, kinda granny-ish. And I wore mine with flats and rolled down sox too. It's a style, people.

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    1. You know you're getting older when you can shop vintage in your own closet. Ankle Sox Rule!

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  16. connie!!!!! loooove youuuu!!!!!!
    for your love of "granny chic" and for your fabulous style and for your rare but gorgeous postings!!!!
    of cause i have admired my grannies for their style - the typical printed shirtwaist dresses in modest cuts, cardigans, headscarfs, sensible shoes. practical yet elegant and never dull!
    my "little" granny was great grandma in your age! (from a cousin - i´m not even a mother :-))
    rock on! big hugs to you!!! xxxxxx
    p.s.: do not put me in your straw hat - its to expensive to send to germany! i´ll look up amazon :-)
    xxxxxx

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    1. Yes. My grannies were grannies in their 40's! No wonder they looked so good?

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  17. Oh, I love, love your look and the book! Now we can rock granny chic, and be authentic : >
    thanks for sharing,

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Dress like a granny, dance like a teenager!!

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  18. You look fabulous, your hair is so glam.
    I loved your bunny comment on my blog, I had visions of Belle in cat eye glasses and Bob in a monocle xxx

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    1. Oh! Forgot to say, kickin it grandma style reminded me instantly of Sue from The Middle!

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    2. I've never seen "The Middle." I'll have to check it out.

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  19. Connie, this post is adorable and that includes your lovely picture. I did not become a Granny until I was 60, and it happened exactly ten years ago today. Our first granddaughter, Abbey Rose, will be celebrating her tenth birthday today. These books are beautiful and a true treasure, besides being a very generous give-a-way. Thank you for the opportunity to have my name in the hat :)
    Happy Spring!
    Connie :)

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    1. At the rate my kids are going, I won't be a granny for a long long time.

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  20. Toller Post . Klasse Buch . Ich bin begeistert . Danke schön :))
    LG heidi

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  21. I love this post. I just love how happy and content you sound and the humour you use to describe it all. Very beautiful outfit.
    http://anicheberry.blogspot.co.za/2016/03/t-shirt-and-jeans-part-2.html

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    1. Hi Chanai. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. You are so funny, and so comfortable in your granny-age skin! I hope you get a chance to be a real granny someday because you're going to be the coolest! Lovely books, but I'll pass on joining the giveaway. I don't need anything else to pack!

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    1. By the time I'm a granny I'll probably be a crotchety old biddy. But thanks for the compliment. I 'm going to enter you into the giveaway any way and if you win I will come to Wales and deliver the books personally! So there!

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  23. Yes, but. ( I know that grammatically that is a terrible way to start a sentence.) You are the sort of pretty that never ever looks old. Your style is authentic. I applaud you for having and wearing clothes from the eighties, and I sigh in relief, that I am not the only one who does that.
    Or maybe it is all of the drinkie-poos!
    Hah, this was fun!!
    I always dressed like a grandma until I started blogging, now I dress in what ever ensemble puts a smile on my face. I love being my age,but my wardrobe is going backwards in time.... soon I will wear a baby doll dress with riveted boots, and blonde ringlets and you will say, She did NOT!! as you roll your eyes. And for which I will have no responsible reply.
    If only my children would make me grandchildren, THEN, I will dress more age appropriately. Um. maybe.

    To flower printed rayon dresses forever! :) :)
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Elle. You are so sweet. You certainly do appear to be aging in reverse. Rayon dresses forevah!!

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    2. Yes, I am currently an adolescent! ;)
      you are only as old as you feel, right?
      Sending big fat hugs!
      Forevah!! :)
      xx, Elle
      http://www.theellediaries.com/

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  24. I love it, this is just wonderful. You look marvellous..we should see more of this, nothing wrong with growing older and more fabulous :)))) xx

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  25. Gorgeous blog :)Have a great day dear :)
    I follow you :) Keep in touch!

    http://itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

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  26. Look at you - the naughtiest Granny-who-isn't! You always manage to look mischievous, Connie - I think you must have been at the sherry. Well, D is for Drinking, after all!
    Floral frocks and comfy feet, there's nothing wrong with that. Can't go wrong with a cardi either! The books look delightful, but think of the postage costs if one of us overseas types wins... You need to rig the competition, we wouldn't blame you, honest!
    Hehe, thanks for the Chicken Dress love, I was so pleased my mum found that photo. Her mother was my only Grandma, the other one being long gone by the time I arrived, and she always seemed Little Old Lady-ish to me as a kid. But scratch the surface of her history and she was feisty and fearless; first woman in her small village to get her hair cut into a bob in the 1920s, I love that!
    Wonder if I'll ever be a granny? What a thought! Xxx

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    1. Of course you had a feisty granny!! And if you ever hit granny-dom you will be, too. It's OK about the book. I checked with the Post a Office and there is a special overseas book rate. It takes forever to get there but it's not that expensive. You are officially in the running!

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  27. You look so lovely, Connie, and so young to be a grandma! Though it sure happens at a young age too, my Mom became a grandma at 45. Your house is so pretty and peaceful, love the flowers! I only had one granny, and she was a farm girl who wore floral chintz dresses (if I translate that word right) which she used to make herself, and covered her head with a floral scarf at all times. :)

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    1. I do miss the days when grandmas really looked like grandmas. Now they all want to emulate their granddaughters.

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  28. I love following older bloggers like you because you all remind me that you don't have to start sucking just because your're getting older. All of my friends are waaaaay older than me but they're (for lack of better words) boring and are constantly saying "I'm too old for that". I used to think that's just what's SUPPOSED to happen when you grow up: You get older and boring. So thank you for showing me and other girls my age that growing old doesn't mean you have to fade away into boring nothingness!

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    1. Believe me, Hollie, a lot of my friends are old farts. That's why I blog. So I have some friends to play with.

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  29. Connie , I know you and I are both the same age and my Granny days are not on the horizon either. To be honest seeing you in your floral dress and cardigan with the socks and sandals , reminds me so much of the things one of my Granmas wore but you are about 15 years younger and with way more spunk .

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    1. We're the same age? Well, Hey There! I thought you were way younger than I am. It's that cute haircut.

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  30. Age is one of the most over-rated things in the world. What matters is how old your soul is :)

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    1. Actually I think aging is very difficult. It is not for the faint of heart. I don't believe that it is over-rated. Perhaps you, too, will discover this one day, Young Grasshopper.

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  31. So good to see you here Connie! I'm wearing socks with mary janes today myself. We be soooo stylin'!

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  32. Dearest Connie, the rarity of your posts is conversely matched by your popularity - we all adore hearing from you. I love your granny look with the socks actually making you look younger not older! These books are a testement to how much we adore our grannies. I did hear a comment on the radio the other day from a chap (oh dear, senior moment kicking in here so can't remember this actor's name) who was recalling stories from his childhood. His father had gone to war and his mother worked in a munitions factory, so he had been brought up by his granny. He commented, "A granny's love is pure, uncomplicated and without the angst that parents suffered from. My childhood was wonderful. I think everyone should be brought up by their granny."
    I too have the fondest of memories of my grannies (the smell of homemade raspberry jam as it was cooling in the crimson jars being a favourite), so please do put my name in the hat x
    Anna
    Anna's Island Style

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    1. Gosh, Anna. Such a sweet comment. You are in the hat!

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  33. Connie you are not 62, you are 26!! Hot young men approaching you to carry things for you is one way for them to hang with you.

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    1. You are so nice to say that but alas, tis true. I am 62.

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  34. I LOVE this post and you like the Tea rabbit in Alice in wonderland haha AMAZING :) you seem like a fun amazing woman and i really would like to meet you someday AND i am a teaohollic to :) you must try Green tea with gojji berry and havtorn berries its AWESOME:)

    WOW so stylish dear :) and I LOVE the cute cat to haha

    Check out my top 6 Ikea furniture list today ...lots of tips :)

    Have an amazing spring :)

    Hugs and kisses Maria at inredningsvis

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    1. Hi Maria. I think it would be wonderful to have tea with you!!! Thank you for stopping by. XXOO

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  35. hey connie!
    i was just thinking of you - are all well at yours?? i´m sending you northern european spring greetings full of flowers, tschirping birds and late snow :-)
    hugs! xxxxxx

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    1. Oh Beate!!! Thank you so much! I will take all the European spring that you can spare. You are such a sweetheart.

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  36. Hi Connie, I'm the same age as you and I have 4 grandchildren, the youngest one only 3 weeks old. I not so much 'rock' grandma style, my orthotic shoes are necessities, unfortunately but I haven't tried them with socks! I'm finding getting old quite sad actually. xx

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    1. Hang in there, Girlfriend! We can do it. Big hug!!

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    2. Hey, Juliet and Connie, I shall be 67 this coming October. No one lives forever, more's the pity... but enjoy every day... I live in Brixham, Devon, England, where I write children's books...and have to say, lovely girls, I have 4 grandchildren, and I use Dead Sea products, and Coconut oil: every day. Love living by the sea, coz it's so invigorating, but so is the countryside... I walk my two cocker spaniels on my coastal walks; they do get me out and about when not writing, or blogging. Being the number 67 this year is a bit scary, knowing I'm the one at the top of the ladder now. I'm not following anyone anymore. Drinking a toast to happy days, good health, and long may it last. So glad it's May, and sunny, I'm a sufferer of SAD during winter... Best wishes to you from Brixham Bay... Caz

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  37. Gorgeous post Connie! I love the white socks and sandals. I wear socks all the time in summer and you should see the looks I get from local Sicilians...they are shocked!:)

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    1. People around here think I'm nuts, too. But we don't care, do we? Not one bit!

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    2. Being 'Nuts' is actually quite fun. (Brixham Granny Caz)

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    3. Well, have to confess to wearing fluffy socks to bed, Saucy Siciliana. Love socks, especially stripes... just love socks.

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  38. Awwwwm thankyou! My Mum calls me Kezzikins and I always feel loved when she calls me that!

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  39. Connie, you have a fantastical blog. I love it. Following your blogs, coz they're gorgeous, and so different.
    You were visited today via http://brixhamstorytellercazgreenham.blogspot.com
    I've just completed the A2Z Blogging challenge too, for the month of April. If you'd like to catch up there, here's the other link of mine, http://cazgreenham.blogspot.com
    I'm on twitter, are you? @CazsBooks in Brixham, England
    Love to keep in touch.

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  40. So much fun! Glad to have found you and you me!

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  41. Connie, I've returned to have a 2nd peep at your Superlicious blog. And, many thanks too for dropping by http://brixhamstorytellercazgreenham.blogspot.com
    @CazsBooks to meet up on Twitter - Caz

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